A Short Series of Sumbel Toasts

And now for something a bit different… sumbel toasts!

Followers of modern Germanic heathenry (Asatru, Odinism, Theodism, etc.) will undoubtedly be familiar with the traditional three round sumbel, in which the first round is dedicated to the gods, the second round to heroes and ancestors, and the third to boasts, toast, and oaths, or more generally, the participant’s choice. Poetry in the alliterative, eddic meters is indeed appropriate for such significant speech. Here, I present three short sumbel toasts. The first is to the gods and goddesses as a whole and the second is to the ancestors as a whole — both are in ljóðaháttr. The third toast is more specific, and is in honor of the Asatru kindred that I’m in — it is in galdralag.

First Round Toast — To the Gods and Goddesses

Hail to the Gods
and Goddesses all,
our awesome elder kin.
Their bright blessings
are a benefit here
to the men and women of Midgard.

Through words and works,
our worth we grow,
and our offerings are filled with honor;
their gifts with gifts
we gladly repay!
Hail to the Gods and Goddesses!

Second Round Toast — To the Ancestors

Hail to our Ancestors
of elder times,
for their mighty words and works.
That Folk endured
with fame undying
preserved in legend and lore.

Our efforts today
honor them anew
with further words and works.
For the bright blessings
in the bonds we share,
Hail to our Holy Ancestors!

Third Round Toast — To the Hearth of Yggdrasil

Hail to us Heathens
in the Hearth of Yggdrasil
as we here in sumbel celebrate!
We restore the troth
and trust in virtues,
to learn and live as heathens,
to gain and grow as heathens!

While the World-Tree
yet waxes green,
Yggdrasil’s Hearth is hale.
Ever onward,
it’s always thriving —
Hail its lengthening life,
Hail the Hearth of Yggdrasil!

Copyright © 2012 Eirik Westcoat.
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2 thoughts on “A Short Series of Sumbel Toasts

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